New Trustees appointed at Bluebell Wood

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice have confirmed four new trustees who will join their Board as of Monday 23rd May.

The trustees, who all dedicate their free time to their roles, will play a vital part in ensuring that Bluebell Wood continues to support families who are going through the most difficult times.

Their combined expertise will broaden and enhance the already highly skilled and experienced team of trustees at the North Anston based hospice.

The new trustees are:

Scott Green, a Police Superintendent in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where he is responsible for all operational policing. Scott, who studied at both the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester, is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institution, a governor of two schools in Sheffield and a trustee of Sheffield Futures.

Scott said of his appointment: “Hopefully, my professional background and other voluntary roles, mean that I can make a difference on the Board of Trustees in supporting the fantastic work that the staff and volunteers do every single day at Bluebell Wood. I feel really honoured to be appointed a Trustee of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.”

Sally Napper, a qualified children’s and adult nurse, has worked in the NHS for many years. She has been a Director of Nursing and Operational services for the last 15 years, including eight years at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals. Sally has gained significant experience of providing high quality services, managing transformational change and working with patients, staff and volunteers to provide excellent care.

On her appointment, Sally said: “I am looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees and the management team of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, supporting the hospice as it develops over the next few years. I am also looking forward to working with the team to promote the excellent high quality training and care for the children and their families as well as with the volunteers who support the team and undertake fantastic fundraising work.”

Richard Worth trained in Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle upon Tyne before spending 25 years as a consultant physician. He has also held senior posts in medical education and training in the Liverpool and Merseyside region. Following his retirement in 2009, Richard spent five years as a trustee at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester, helping, in particular, to establish the West Cheshire Bereavement Service.

Richard said of his appointment: “The experiences of a work colleague convinced me of just how vital children’s hospices are for children with life shortening and life threatening conditions, and their families. I hope that my medical experience, along with my time as a trustee with an adult hospice, will benefit the care team at the Bluebell Wood and, most importantly, the children and young people whom we care for.”

Elizabeth Wood is a Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include play in early childhood and across the lifespan, specifically children’s choices and social relationships. Her recent research looks at how children blend traditional and digital forms of play, and the potential that this offers for developing new forms of play. Elizabeth’s work on play has involved hospital play specialists, play therapists and video games designers.

On her appointment Liz said; “I am hoping to use this work with the Bluebell Wood community, to consider how digital play can enable young people to stay connected to friends and families, to invent new forms of play and to ensure that they do not miss out on playful experiences during their stay at Bluebell Wood.

As a trustee of Bluebell Wood, I hope to bring experience of leadership and management in higher education. I will be especially interested in relationships within the extended community of care and support, how professionals work together in the best interests of young people, and young peoples’ voices, decisions and perspectives.”

It costs more than £4m a year to keep Bluebell Wood’s doors open and the charity only receives around 10% of its funds from government sources. Bluebell Wood supports children both in the North Anston hospice and in family homes.

Chair of Trustees Kath Henderson said: “I am really pleased to welcome Scott, Sally, Richard and Liz to Bluebell Wood and to working with them as we invest and develop to continue providing the very best care and support for children and families who depend on our services. All four bring different yet complementary experience to the board, which is essential in continuing best practice in every aspect of the care and service we provide for the children and young people with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions at the hospice and in the wider community.

“We have ambitious plans for the hospice, both in terms of improving on the excellence of the care we provide and also in the breadth of services we can offer the children, young people and their families whom we support. Hospice care is not simply about end of life care; it is about putting the whole family first, removing some of the stresses involved in caring for a child with complex medical needs, it’s about giving every member of the family happy memories that will stay with them forever while also providing an holistic foundation for every aspect of their well-being so they have the emotional support they need.”

To meet the new trustees, click here.

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